Jan 23, 2013 5:00pm PST
up a fight in the spring over taxes, spending and the deficit. >>> it appears california will finish the month with a bump in tax revenue. according to the legislative analyst's office, the state is expected to end january $4 billion ahead of projections. the state also set a record on january 16 when the franchise tax board received $2.2 billion in taxes. experts say the excess money may be the result of a combination of state and federal tax changes. >>> government figures released today indicate that union membership in the united states is at its lowest level since the 1930's. the bureau of labor statistics says union labor declined. it's a drop of about 400,000 workers. the losses were spread across both the government and private sectors. >>> a state appeals court has upheld the right of a san jose car dealer to share its tips with other employees. in a unanimous decision, judges from the sixth district court of appeals said they could find nothing in the law that made the practice illegal. it is common in the restaurant business for waiters and waitresses to have to share tips
Jan 25, 2013 7:30pm PST
taxes passed. the budget looks a lot better. i think this was the governor's chance to pivot, to pivot to talking about what makes california great, how we get them back on track. don't worry, we're getting there. so i took this as a real optimistic speech with a lot of details, a lot of brown history facts. and really a message i think not only to the legislature but to the public of, like, i'm watching it. we're going to be careful, but we're going to move forward. >> and, john, you mentioned he was very quirky in his speech. clearly the governor is enjoying his popularity right now and quoted everyone from philosophers and poets. let's take a listen. >> i'm sorry, say again? >> the most diverse, creative and longest standing mass migration in the history of the world. that's california, and we are sons and daughters. this special destiny never ends. it slows. it falters. it goes off the track. and ignorance and prejudice but soon resumes again. more vibrant and more stunning in its boldness. >> so, john, how has the speech been received by lawmakers, both democrats and republicans?
Jan 30, 2013 4:00pm PST
they want. and in the middle is the hard-working law-abiding tax-paying american. people want to protect themselves. >> cenk: nonsense, he knows that 40% of the sales are done through gun shows or off the internet, so they are not tracked. you know who that helps? the criminals. wayne lapierre and the nra loves that, because that means that the gun manufacturers that fund the nra make a lot more money, and then we're all scared of the criminals and we go out and buy guns and then they make more money. so wayne lapierre lives on fear. he literally makes his money off of fear. but dick durbin stood up to him. >> my problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. all of the law-abiding people -- you'll create an enormous federal bureaucracy unfunded, hitting all of the little people in the country. pay the fees. pay the taxes. we don't prosecute anybody right now that goes through the system we have. >> senator durbin? >> mr. lapierre that's the point. the criminals won't purchase the gun because there will be
Jan 23, 2013 6:00pm PST
. i think it's something us as tax paying citizens should not have. >> reporter: the broken window theory which says if less serious crimes are not dealt with the overall crime rate will increase. bratton's opponent seemed most concerned of his stop and frisk policy because they fear it will lead to racial profiling. >> you're bringing in somebody very controversial. >> this particular plan not about bill bratton. it's about partnership. >> reporter: i spoke by phone earlier today to bill bratton's wife and she tells me he is in detroit working on a project similar to the one he will be working on here in oakland and, again, raj and jessica, he will be here in oakland in mid-february. monte francis, nbc bay area news. >> okay, thank you, monte. look who is back in town. all the talk might be about the niners right now but the men in teal are back on the ice in san jose. the shortened home season will begin tomorrow. boy, not only shark fans but downtown owners, business owners, they really need this. >> reporter: yeah, you know, jessica, the city is really hoping this brings some l